Persistence to Perspiration

(Per*sist"ence Per*sist"en*cy) n. [See Persistent.]

1. The quality or state of being persistent; staying or continuing quality; hence, in an unfavorable sense, doggedness; obstinacy.

2. The continuance of an effect after the cause which first gave rise to it is removed; as: (a) (Physics) The persistence of motion. (b) (Physiol.) Visual persistence, or persistence of the visual impression; auditory persistence, etc.

(Per*sist"ent) a. [L. persistens, -entis, p. pr. of persistere. See Persist.]

1. Inclined to persist; having staying qualities; tenacious of position or purpose.

2. (Biol.) Remaining beyond the period when parts of the same kind sometimes fall off or are absorbed; permanent; as, persistent teeth or gills; a persistent calyx; — opposed to deciduous, and caducous.

(Per*sist"ent*ly), adv. In a persistent manner.

(Per*sist"ing), a. Inclined to persist; tenacious of purpose; persistent.Per*sist"ing*ly, adv.

(Per*sist"ive) a. See Persistent. Shak.

(Per*solve") v. t. [L. persolvere.] To pay wholly, or fully. [Obs.] E. Hall.

(Per"son) n. [OE. persone, persoun, person, parson, OF. persone, F. personne, L. persona a mask a personage, part, a person, fr. personare to sound through; per + sonare to sound. See Per- , and cf. Parson.]

1. A character or part, as in a play; a specific kind or manifestation of individual character, whether in real life, or in literary or dramatic representation; an assumed character. [Archaic]

His first appearance upon the stage in his new person of a sycophant or juggler.

No man can long put on a person and act a part.
Jer. Taylor.

To bear rule, which was thy part
And person, hadst thou known thyself aright.

How different is the same man from himself, as he sustains the person of a magistrate and that of a friend!

2. The bodily form of a human being; body; outward appearance; as, of comely person.

A fair persone, and strong, and young of age.

If it assume my noble father's person.

Love, sweetness, goodness, in her person shined.

3. A living, self-conscious being, as distinct from an animal or a thing; a moral agent; a human being; a man, woman, or child.

Consider what person stands for; which, I think, is a thinking, intelligent being, that has reason and reflection.

4. A human being spoken of indefinitely; one; a man; as, any person present.

5. A parson; the parish priest. [Obs.] Chaucer.

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